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Rising stars Chen Xi

Four faculty members who are early in their career, talented and giving their all to research and teaching at UC Davis have a new title: 2010-11 Chancellor's Fellows. [ More… ]


Police block protesters at freeway, one arrested

Law enforcement officers were forced to use their batons and fire pepper balls to repel a crowd of some 300 protesters who were attempting to march onto Interstate 80 and block the busy freeway on March 4 just before the onset of the afternoon commute. Students protested into the evening, but no further arrests were made. The demonstrations, part of a national "march forth" day of protest against soaring student fees and campus cuts, were expected to continue today. [ More… ]

'Our community is at risk': Campus confronts prejudice, budget

Hundreds of people in the UC Davis community are now fighting two monsters: the budget crisis in Sacramento and prejudice on campus. As this week began, campus police were investigating a graffiti attack at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, and the etching of a swastika on a dorm room door. On March 3, police reported the discovery of three spray-painted swastikas: on the Centennial Walk through the Quad, on the Social Sciences and Humanities Building, and on the campus's brick entry sign along A Street; all were quickly removed. Chancellor Katehi issued a letter to the campus community deploring the crimes. [ More… ]

Global scholars: Humphrey Fellows seek the knowledge their countries need

"They will be the leaders this world needs to transform itself into a place we desire for our kids." That is how Alberto Lopez-Chaves, CEO of the National Chamber of Tourism in Costa Rica, describes his colleagues in UC Davis' Humphrey Fellowship Program. The 12 fellows, from nations around the world, come to UC Davis to live and study among their American counterparts for just one year. The goal — to hone their skills and knowledge for the benefit of their native countries. [ More… ]

Ethics training required of most employees; check your e-mail

E-mails regarding mandatory ethics training went out this week to most UC Davis employees. Many are expected to complete the training via an online course that typically takes about 30 minutes. [ More… ]

Recreation: New summer youth camps; early sign-ups begin

Campus Recreation is now taking early sign-ups by mail and fax for summer youth programs, including four new camps: Theatre, Cooking, Band and Leaders in Training. The registration kickoff, for in-person sign-ups, is set for March 20. For a preview of the summer offerings, you are invited to the free Children's Summer Activities Faire, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 13 at the Farmers Market at Central Park, Second and C streets. [ More… ]

A needling concern: Students urged to 'Be Smart with Body Art'

The "Be Smart with Body Art" campaign launched in December 2009 by the UC Davis Cancer Center and Sacramento State aims to educate students about the health risks of piercings and tattoos. "Young people need to know about the hepatitis C virus and all the ways it can be transmitted, including through tattooing and body piercing," says Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater, a faculty member of the UC Davis School of Medicine and director of the Outreach Research and Education Program at the UC Davis Cancer Center. [ More… ]


Soaring to New Heights, April 13

Staff and faculty are invited to attend the 20th annual Soaring to New Heights program, UC Davis' premier diversity celebration event. The event is scheduled for April 13 from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. Seating is limited to 600. Tickets are $5 and will be sold through the Campus Events and Visitor Services Ticket Office (located at Freeborn Hall, 752-1915) on a first come, first served basis until sold out. [ More… ]

38th Annual James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award

The Academic Federation is calling for nominations for the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual's career-long contributions to the mission of the university and a commitment to the campus community. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. May 14. [ More… ]

Rental of academic hoods, spring commencement

All faculty and administrators who hold a degree from another university (or a UC degree other than a Ph.D.) and are planning to take part in spring commencement ceremonies must make reservations for academic hood rentals through their department offices by April 10. The reservation deadline for those participating in School of Medicine and School of Law commencements is March 31. [ More… ]


Chilean earthquake relief

Saturday, March 6, and Sunday, March 14

The Chile Cultural Association of Davis, or ChileCAD, announced a pair of fundraisers for Chilean earthquake relief. The March 6 event is a family barbecue and musical afternoon, starting at 3 p.m., 2707 Henri Court, Davis. The March 14 event is a Cafe Concert, starting at 5 p.m., International House, 10 College Park, Davis. The suggested donation for these events is $20 per person. [ More… ]

Teller lecture: Solar fuel

Monday, March 8, 3 p.m., 1002 Giedt Hall

The Teller Lecture Series in Interdisciplinary Science is scheduled to continue next week with Cal Tech's Harry Gray speaking on "Powering the Planet with Solar Fuel." The series, free and open to the public, is presented by the Department of Applied Science. [ More… ]

American Splendor opens Focus on Film: The Graphic Novel

Monday, March 8, 6 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

Three films inspired by seminal graphic novels comprise the Mondavi Center's second and final film series of the year. First up is American Splendor, a biopic about Harvey Pekar and partly an adaptation of his autobiographical American Splendor comic books. The other films in the series are Ghost World (April 5) and Persepolis (April 19). Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students; a $27 pass is available for all three films. [ More… ]

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